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November 13, 2019
PACO / LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinic CLE

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REMINDER - PACO/LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinic CLE - November 13, 2019

This is a reminder for those who have registered for the PACO-LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinic CLE, it is crucial that you attend this mandatory CLE in order to volunteer for Wills Clinics in 2020. Be sure that your calendars are marked to attend the CLE on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, scheduled for 1:30-4:45pm at the offices of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, 1108 City Park Avenue, #100, Columbus, Ohio 43206.

If you have any questions, please contact PACO’s Pro Bono Chair, Teresa Scharf, at ProBonoColumbus@gmail.com.

PACO General Membership Meetings - Save the Dates!

PACO's Programs Committee has been busy coordinating General Membership Meetings which are held at the Columbus Bar Association, from 12 Noon- 1:00 p.m. For any questions regarding PACO's General Membership meetings, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Kemmily Kwok at: programs@pacoparalegals.org

  • November 19, 2019 – Speaker: Cynthia Vivekanandam, Associate Attorney at Flecha Law, Ltd.
    Topic: Changes in Immigration Laws and how it affects us
  • December 10, 2019 – Speaker: Pamela Hutchins, ACEDS President & Sr. eDiscovery Project Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
    Topic: Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) – Ohio Chapter
  • January 21, 2020 – Speaker: Maryellen O'Shaunnessy, Franklin County Clerk of Courts
    Topic: TBD

PACO Roundtable - Sign Up Today!

Topic: Workers’ Compensation - November 20, 2019 - 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The first session workers' compensation roundtable will be casual, just a time to get to know one another – but come ready to discuss your biggest challenge(s) in the Workers’ Compensation practice! Whether you are new to this practice area or a seasoned veteran, represent injured workers or employers, State Fund or Self-Insured, or just interested in getting into a new area of practice - all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring your lunch with you!

Place: Offices of Eastman & Smith Ltd., 100 E Broad St #2100, Columbus, OH 43215
Roundtable Lead Moderator: Angie Vohsing
RSVP to Angie Vohsing at: AMVohsing@eastmansmith.com or call with questions at 614-564-1444.

If you are interested in participating as a Lead of a Roundtable discussion or as a participant of a Roundtable, please contact Brittany Hays at: profdev@pacoparalegals.org or Becky Lewis at: president@pacoparalegals.org.

Student Liaison Committee - Connect with Columbus State Paralegal Students

The Career Services team at Columbus State is committed to working with PACO to help connect members with students and faculty. Through their experiential programming efforts, Columbus State students are given exposure to potential employers, careers, and professional development opportunities. Columbus State is eager to connect with PACO to aid in their efforts to support the career success of students in the Paralegal Studies program.

Click here for opportunities that PACO members can use for their own professional development and also to help Columbus State students through an Externship, Mentor, Host a Career Trek, Speak on a Panel or Professional Event. Professional readiness happens when students develop the skills, experiences, and relationships that prepare them not just to find a job but to build a life. Connect today with Columbus State Paralegal Students!

NFPA - Message from PACO’s NFPA Primary and Secondary Representatives

Did you know that there is an Events tab on the NFPA website? This one tab will give you information about Awards & Scholarships, Annual Convention, Joint Conference, Materials from Past Conferences, Recorded CLE Webinars by NFPA, and the Events Calendar --- a lot of great information! Click here for more information. For all this information and more, click here to start exploring the NFPA Events.

For questions and more information please contact Callie Kessler, PACO NFPA Primary Representative at: NFPA@pacoparalegals.org and Joyce Warren, PACO NFPA Secondary Representative at: statewide@pacoparalegals.org.

CBA Corner – Career Center

YWCA Columbus - Donations Needed

The cooler months are fast-approaching and many of Columbus' homeless families will be without bare essentials. As you begin shopping for your own family this fall season, consider purchasing an extra coat or pair of socks for a homeless child, or donating your gently used coat to a homeless mother. The warmth of your generosity will be felt in the hearts of the families that stay with us this season.

Here is a list of urgently needed items for families at our Family Center:

  • Coats! (new, or gently used and freshly laundered, all sizes)
  • Diapers (size 5 & 6)
  • Pullups (all sizes)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Socks (new, all sizes)
  • Bottles
  • Sippy Cups

For donations larger than 3 medium-sized boxes, to schedule a tour at the time of your donation drop, or if you have any additional questions, please contact Krista Faist at 614-253-3910 ext. 3934 or kfaist@ywcacolumbus.org.

And as always, you can also click here to shop our Amazon wishlist for our most needed items.

If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about PACO, please contact any Board member at:

Becky Lewis – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Brittany Hays – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Cassandra Struble – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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